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Local Officials at Odds Over Auditor Appointment Process

San Diego city officials are at odds over how to make sure the city's internal auditor is independent. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Local Officials at Odds Over Auditor Appointment Process

San Diego city officials are at odds over how to make sure the city's internal auditor is independent. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

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Creating an independent internal auditor is vital for San Diego, which is still grappling with the crisis created after its pension deficit was covered up in 2002.

But city council members on the audit committee are not impressed with recommendations from the mayor's charter review committee.

Councilman Tony Young says he thinks the mayor's office would still have too much influence over how the auditor is appointed, compromising the auditor's ability to blow the whistle on problems.

Young : I can't think of one single reason why you would have the mayor involved in any of the process of selecting an auditor.
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The mayor, on the other hand, believes the Charter Review committee's recommendations give the city council too much influence over the auditor.

City attorney Mike Aguirre says the best solution would be to let voters elect an auditor.

The issue goes to city council next week and may end up on November's ballot.

Alison St John, KPBS News.

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